March 28, 2013

Owens Findlay-area Campus Library Gallery Welcomes ‘Fabulous Friends’ Illustrations Exhibit, April 1-17

Mazza Museum Exhibit

An illustration by Aliki Brandenberg from the book “Best Friends Together Again” is among the many children’s illustrations on display in the current Owens Findlay-area Campus Library Gallery exhibition.

FINDLAY, Ohio – Owens Community College welcomes the return of the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum to the Findlay-area Campus with original illustrations from children’s books featuring many facets of childhood or bearhood as the Library Gallery presents “Fabulous Friends: Illustrations from Children’s Books”, April 1-17.

The Owens Findlay-area Campus Library is located on Bright Road in Findlay.

“Owens Community College’s Findlay-area Campus is delighted to have the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum return to the Library Gallery,” said Gail McCain, Owens Library Manager for the Findlay-area Campus. “The Mazza Museum is committed to helping children develop an interest in reading and literacy, as well as in preserving original artwork from children’s literature. This exhibit showcases the work of some of the most well-known children’s illustrators of our time, which is sure to delight Gallery visitors of all ages.”

The University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum was founded in 1982 and is the world’s first and largest museum devoted to the art of children’s picture books. Since its inception, the museum has collected over 5,000 original pieces from children’s literature. The goal of the Mazza Museum is to promote literacy among children, as well as to collect, exhibit and preserve original artwork from children’s picture books.

Nineteen children’s book illustrations are featured in the “Fabulous Friends” exhibit to include “Best Friends Together Again” by author and illustrator Aliki Brandenberg, “Gentleman Bear” by author and illustrator William Pene duBois and “Best Friends” by author and illustrator Steven Kellogg, among others.

The Findlay-area Campus “Fabulous Friends” exhibit is designed to encourage children to take interest in literacy and libraries as the College recognizes National Library Week, April 14-20.

Admission to the Findlay-area Campus Library Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information, contact the Library at (567) 429-3088 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 3088.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit